Saturday 6th November

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running a river session at Sowerby Bridge.

Suitable for most paddlers who have done some river work before. This is not a coach led paddle but lead by suitably competent paddlers with knowledge and experience to take people on this grade of water.

For full details and to reguister to the event, please go to the calendar page! https://www.westyorkshirecanoeclub.com/calendar/

Saturday 30th October

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running a river trip, either from mytholmroyd to Sowerby Bridge or a session at Sowerby Bridge.

Suitable for most paddlers who have done some river work before. This is not a coach led paddle but lead by suitably competent paddlers with knowledge and experience to take people down this grade of water.

For full details and to reguister to the event, please go to the calendar page! https://www.westyorkshirecanoeclub.com/calendar/

Saturday 23rd October

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running a a single river session and taster session on the river Calder at Horbury Junction.

Please be aware that the water temperature as well as the outside temperature has now dropped considerably and as such anyone wishing to paddle must ensure they have appropriate clothing. Ideally this will consist of wetsuit and wetsuit shoes, we have very limited numbers of these at the club and can’t guarantee availability or suitability. We have waterproof jackets for use. Unfortunately we may have to turn anyone away who does not have the appropriate clothing.

Morning river session:

10.30 – 12.30pm         

Morning river taster session:

10.30 – 12.30pm         

The café at the river is open now until 9 – 1pm so if you want a sandwich you can grab a butty before getting on the water.

The cost for borrowing equipment is £10.00 per person for any session and tasters sessions are £15 per person.  

Anyone who has not paddled with the club before MUST complete a taster session before joining regular sessions, this allows us to assess any new members and run over club safety procedure’s etc. Taster sessions can also be booked on the website .

Club Charitable Status Application

An Extra-Ordinary General Meeting has been called to discuss and ratify the committee’s intention to set up West Yorkshire Canoe Club as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

The Committee of West Yorkshire Canoe Club (WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB) would like to invite you to an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Saturday 13th November @10:00 at Coffee Stop at the junction.
Address:  The Junction, Charles St, Horbury, Wakefield WF4 5FH [Map]

Link to Microsoft Teams Online Meeting:
https://teams.live.com/meet/94841902748451

Below we aim to explain and outline the reasons for the EGM.

BACKGROUND

Over the last 18 months to 2 years the Club has seen a significant growth which has been great for WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB and for the promotion of paddle sports. We have seen increase in demand for sessions and have engaged with the local community at all ages. A new chapter in the club’s growth has seen its new home at Horbury junction, thanks to Helen and the Junction Café.

It is a requirement for every club, irrespective of size, to register either with the HMRC or the Charity Commission. At present, WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB is not registered officially with any government body and as a result, is not operating in an appropriate way.

With the growth of the club, the committee are keen to ensure there are legal safeguards to protect the club assets (both financial and physical) and those who volunteer their time to ensure the continued success of the club.

The committee have discussed several options for the future of the club and have decided that forming the club as a registered charity provides the necessary safeguards required, whilst opening opportunities for grants and funding for the club.

The club committee wish to propose setting up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and transferring all of the assets of the Club over to West Yorkshire Canoe Club CIO.

WHAT IS A CHARITABLE INCORPORATED ORGANISATIONN (CIO)?

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (known as a CIO) is a form of registered charity. CIOs must be registered with and report to the Charity Commission. CIO’s have to keep a register of trustees and report its financial accounts on a yearly basis.

There are two different types of CIO available: Foundation and Association. An Association Model CIO is a membership organisation and hold elections fir positions of trustees and volunteers, similar to how the club operates now.

WHY WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB SHOULD BECOME A CIO

West Yorkshire Canoe Club was founded in 1955. At the time, there were no such requirements to register with either the HMRC or the Charity Commission. To secure the future of the club and protect it’s financial and physical assets, legal registration is required.

Becoming a charity makes the club eligible to apply to a lot more trusts and foundations that only give grants to registered charities. The club at present struggles to win funding or grants due to our informal status. Charities can reclaim gift aid on many of the donations received from private individuals.

Additionally, with the rise of electronic payments taken by the club through online bookings and memberships, payment providers have been placing restrictions upon the club – again due to not being properly registered.

Finally, a charity structure protects members and trustees from the financial and contractual liabilities incurred by the charity.

Constitution of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with voting members other than its charity trustees

Only fully paid up club members will be entitled to vote on the following Motions in line with the current Club Constitution. You can renew your membership online easily.

Motions for the EGM

1. WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB Committee propose that a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is set up with the name of West Yorkshire Canoe Club CIO.

Proposed R.Cooke            Seconded A.Walker

2. The new Charity WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB CIO will run alongside WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB until a point where the physical and monetary assets, including membership, can be transferred from WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB over to West Yorkshire Canoe Club CIO.

Proposed R.Cooke            Seconded B.Abrams

3.The Current WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB Committee propose that the following people become the trustees of West Yorkshire Canoe Club CIO for the next 12 months: –

Rich Cooke – Chairman
Andy Walker – Secretary
Nova Burkinshaw – Treasurer
Peter Dawson – Trustee
Adam Dunne – Trustee
Kevin Jackson – Trustee
Billy Tindle – Trustee
Andrew Currell – Trustee
Ben Abrams – Trustee

Proposed R.Cooke            Seconded K.Jackson

4. WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB Committee proposes that WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB CIO adopt the following constitution in line with the Charities Commission Model Constitution, and agrees that any recommended or required changes advised by the charity commission be adopted providing they do not substantially change the content of the constitution. (Please see attached document WEST YORKSHIRE CANOE CLUB CIO Constitution)

Proposed R.Cooke            Seconded A.Walker

Saturday 9th October

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running a morning river trip and an afternoon session at Pugneys including taster session.

Morning river session:

9.30 – 12.30pm         

Afternoon session Pugneys:

1.00 – 3.00pm

Afternoon taster session Pugneys:

1.00 – 3.00pm

The café at the river is open now until 9 – 1pm so if you want a sandwich you can grab a butty before getting on the water.

The cost for borrowing equipment is £10.00 per person for any session and tasters sessions are £15 per person.  

Anyone who has not paddled with the club before MUST complete a taster session before joining regular sessions, this allows us to assess any new members and run over club safety procedure’s etc. Taster sessions can also be booked on the website .

Saturday 2nd October

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running morning sessions on the river including taster sessions and an afternoon session at Pugneys.

We have rain forecast for the rest of the week so there is a possibility that the river will rise and we may have to cancel sessions or move to Pugneys. Please keep a check on Facebook for any updates.

We may also look to run a small advanced training session on the river at a different location depending upon the river level.

Morning river session:

10.00 – 12.00pm         

10.00 – 12.00pm Taster session

Afternoon River session Pugneys:

1.00 – 3.00pm

The café at the river is open now until 9 – 1pm so if you want a sandwich you can grab a butty before getting on the water.

The cost for borrowing equipment is £10.00 per person for any session and tasters sessions are £15 per person.  

Anyone who has not paddled with the club before MUST complete a taster session before joining regular sessions, this allows us to assess any new members and run over club safety procedure’s etc. Taster sessions can also be booked on the website .

Saturday 25th September

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running all sessions on the river including taster sessions although we are now allowed on Pugneys from this weekend so if anyone is interested in an afternoon session on Pugneys rather than the lake please drop us a message.

Morning river session:

10.00 – 12.00pm         

10.00 – 12.00pm Taster session

Afternoon River session:

1.00 – 3.00pm

1.00 – 3.00pm Taster Sessions

This weeks sessions will be limited in numbers as several of our coaches are away on holiday.

The café at the river is open now until 9 – 1pm so if you want a sandwich you can grab a butty before getting on the water.

The cost for borrowing equipment is £10.00 per person for any session and tasters sessions are £15 per person.  

Anyone who has not paddled with the club before MUST complete a taster session before joining regular sessions, this allows us to assess any new members and run over club safety procedure’s etc. Taster sessions can also be booked on the website .

Saturday 18th September

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running all sessions on the river including taster sessions although we are now allowed on Pugneys from this weekend so if anyone is interested in an afternoon session on Pugneys rather than the lake please drop us a message.

Morning river session:

10.00 – 12.00pm         

10.00 – 12.00pm Taster session

Afternoon River session:

1.00 – 3.00pm

1.00 – 3.00pm Taster Sessions

This weeks sessions will be limited in numbers as several of our coaches are away on holiday.

The café at the river is open now until 9 – 1pm so if you want a sandwich you can grab a butty before getting on the water.

The cost for borrowing equipment is £10.00 per person for any session and tasters sessions are £15 per person.  

Anyone who has not paddled with the club before MUST complete a taster session before joining regular sessions, this allows us to assess any new members and run over club safety procedure’s etc. Taster sessions can also be booked on the website .